Young Earth Solutions Research Grant Competition in Sustainable Food Systems

Proposal deadline: June 28, 2017

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition's 2017 YES! (Young Earth Solutions) Research Grant Competition seeks groundbreaking research ideas that have a high impact potential for the sustainability of food systems. Emerging experts are encouraged to submit studies that are innovative, have a promise of significant impact, and can meet global research needs. Project submissions can be related to new or ongoing research.

The objective of the research proposal is to make more sustainable one or more themes of the agri-food system, in terms of environmental, social, health and/o economic aspects. Winners receive a €20,000 research grant for a one-year investigation. 

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Sustainable and healthy diets
  • Urban food systems and policies
  • Resilient agriculture, land use change and agro-ecology
  • The nexus between climate change, energy and food
  • Sustainable water management
  • Food supply chains
  • Ecosystems and ecosystem services
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Food waste reduction
  • Food policy development
  • Food security: availability, access, utilization, stability
  • Communication technologies and networks
  • Youth and women’s involvement in agriculture

Eligibility

Participants must have completed or ongoing PhD (enrolled after January 1, 2011), and no more than 35 years old by December 31, 2017.

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